Queen Mother Champion Chase
What You Need to Know
- Ladies Day at Cheltenham 15th March 2017, the Queen Mother Champion race starts at 3.30pm
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- The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the big highlight of the second day of the famous Cheltenham Festival.
- The 2016 favourite is UN De Sceaux, aged 8 years old and trained by Willie Mullins.
- Competitors have to race along a course that is two-miles long, with lefft-handed turns and 12 fences to jump
- As well as being viewed by millions of fans around the world, it attracts huge crowds and is also popular with sports betting fans.
- Older horses have a history of doing better than younger horses. In fact, young winners are very rare and have been particularly few and far between in recent years.
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- As a rule, older horses tend to do better; five-year-old winners have been very rare in the history of the Queen Mother Champion Chase
- In comparison, eight and nine-year-old horses regularly win the big race, so remember this when you're putting a bet on.
- This year’s race is officially called, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase.
The Queen Mother Chase is now the biggest minimum-distance chase in the entire National Hunt Calendar and the big highlight of the second day of the world-famous Cheltenham Festival.
As well as attracting some of Europe's best horses, it's also hugely popular with the race-goers, with tens of thousands of spectators watching the action at the famous Cheltenham Racecourse each year and millions enjoying a flutter on the race.
History of the Queen Mother Champion Chase
The race was first held in 1959 and was originally called the National Hunt Two-Mile Champion Chase. However, the name was changed to the present one in 1980 to both mark the Queen Mother's 80th birthday as well as to recognise her long-standing support of jump racing.
Within just a few seasons of it being set up, the Champion Chase became a high point of the National Hunt season, with its growing prestige attracting some of Europe's best horses and trainers. Over the years it's also grown in popularity with sports betting fans, especially since the dawn of online gambling has allowed almost everyone to have a flutter on the action.
The Race Today
Today, the Queen Mother Champion Chase is most important minimum-distance race for National Hunt horses. In keeping with tradition, horses need to be five years or over to compete and the race is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham. The course, which is along a left-handed track exactly two miles long, includes 12 fences, making it a challenging event even for veterans.
The Queen Mother Champion Chase is always held on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival, Ladies Day, which takes place at the Gloucestershire Racecourse every March.
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Betting on the Queen Mother Champion Chase
The Queen Mother Champion Chase is big business for bookies, with both experienced and novice sports gamblers having a flutter.
At the famous course itself, there are always plenty of trackside bookies offering a great selection of betting markets, including a Tote, right up to the start of the race.
However, to get the very best selection of bets and to take advantage of the best odds, consider opening an online betting account and having a flutter on the Queen Mother Champion Chase this way. In fact, by shopping around and finding the best online sports betting site for you, you might be able to benefit from some great introductory offers, including cashback on your first bet.
While there are no certainties in racing, especially in jump racing, generally speaking, older horses ridden by the top jockeys tend to perform best at Cheltenham. Winners that are aged just five are rare, with eight and nine-year-olds regularly racing to victory.
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Getting to the Race
The Queen Mother Champion Chase Cup is always held at the famous Cheltenham Racecourse, just outside of the city of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, England. Getting to the course is very easy, whether you're travelling by car or by public transport.
- For the duration of the festival, regular shuttle buses run to the racecourse from Cheltenham Spa railway station, with the station offering direct links with London, Bristol, Birmingham and many other places.
- If you're driving, then the racecourse can be found at GL50 4SH and is easily-reached from Junctions 9 or 10 of the M5 motorway. For the Cheltenham Festival, visitors are able to make use of plenty of free parking within easy walking distance of the famous old course.
For more information about getting to Cheltenham, visit the official website.
Facts and Records
As one of the biggest and best-loved events in the UK racing calendar, the Queen Mother Champion Chase has a rich history. Many big name thoroughbreds and jockeys have tasted victory on the Cheltenham course, though so too have some underdogs. Here are just a few facts from the history of this prestigious race:
- The Queen Mother herself was the owner of Game Spirit, who finished runner-up in the 1976 race.
- No horse has won the race more times than Badsworth Boy. The gelding raced to victory three times, first in 1983 and then again in 1984 and finally 1985.
- Modern legend Barry Geraghty has ridden five Queen Mother Champion Chase winners, a record he shares with Pat Taaffe.
- Tom Dreaper holds the record for the most successful trainer in the race's history. He trained an incredible six winners between 1960 and 1970.
- An amateur jockey has only won the race once since 1959. This honour goes to Ted Walsh, who rode Hilly Way to victory in 1979.
- The 2001 running was cancelled, along with the rest of the Cheltenham Festival, due to a foot-and-mouth crisis. A substitute race was run at Sandown and was won by Edredon Bleu.
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- Other than the Cheltenham Festival, some big racing festivals to take note of include the Grand National, Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood, and Ebor.